QLaw Foundation is excited to announce our partnership with Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, which has been selected to host the 2016 Sher Kung Summer Fellowship.  Please see below for the job description and application information.

Fellowship Description
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy and community education.

The fellow will be based in NWIRP’s Wenatchee office and provide crucial direct legal representation and outreach to LGBTQ immigrants and/or immigrants living with HIV in rural central Washington.

Many LGBTQ immigrants in the United States were forced to flee and are afraid of returning to their country of origin due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Others are persecuted, abused and discriminated within the United States because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. Those in rural communities are especially vulnerable to abuse and discrimination because of a lack of support and resources in isolated areas.

The fellow will focus on providing direct legal services, under the supervision of attorneys.  In addition to direct legal services, the fellow will conduct outreach presentations to both community members and social service providers, such as other legal service providers, farmworker advocates, medical clinics, etc.

NWIRP Wenatchee Office Description
NWIRP’s Wenatchee office focuses on providing humanitarian based immigration services to low income asylum seekers, immigrant youth, people facing deportation, victims of crime and family based applicants.

Wenatchee is located in North Central Washington, 20 miles from Leavenworth on the banks of the Columbia River between the cascades and the high desert and offers a wealth of outdoor activities.

The fellowship is open to all law students able to commit to at least 10 weeks, full time during the summer of 2016.  Applicants must have a commitment to advancing and defending the rights of low-income immigrants, excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment.  Fluency in Spanish is required.

The fellow will receive a $7500 stipend.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Vanessa Gutierrez via email –  vanessag@nwirp.org with “QLAW Summer Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications must be received by February 15, 2016 for full consideration.

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The QLaw Foundation Sher Kung Summer Fellowship is a 10 week, full-time, paid summer opportunity for a graduate or law student working for a public interest organization serving the legal needs of the LGBTQ community or serving people living with HIV/AIDS.  To learn more about the life of Sher Kung, click here.